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Heat advisory in effect for majority of Central Texas

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Most of our Central Texas counties are under a heat advisory.

The Energy Reliability Council of Texas says we used the most energy so far this summer on Tuesday.

The triple digit temps are creating the highest demands for energy consumption across the state.

We're under a heat advisory until Thursday and this means there's also an increased likelihood of using ERCOT emergency reserve resources.

Conditions are still normal, but reps with ERCOT say, Tuesday, we used the most electricity so far this summer.

Whether you're a residential or commercial customer, you should be prepared to start conserving soon, even though the grid, so far, is handling the demand well.

Robbie Searcy, with ERCOT, said, "When conditions get really tight, we ask people to conserve voluntarily. We also have these demand response programs that people can participate in, through our emergency response service pilot and through those programs, for the first time this year, we actually have residential consumers."

Austin Energy's Leslie Sopko, said, "When we experience temperatures this extreme we will often suspend disconnects for non-pay. That's for customers that owe the utility on their bills, in order to ensure that our customers stay comfortable when temperatures get this hot."

To do your part at home, you can keep your thermostat above 78 degrees, do not operate washers, dryers, or dishwashers between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Also, try to unplug appliances when you're not using them.

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